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OVERRIDE: A Billboard Project coming to Chicago this August

OVERRIDE: A Billboard Project coming to Chicago this August

Imagine looking up on your way to work and seeing horses marching across the Eiffel Tower or Palm Trees swaying in the breeze across Chicago's iconic skyline.

No, you didn't over-do things last night.

What you are seeing is real. It's all part of Chicago's latest Public Art initiative, OVERRIDE coming to city billboards August 28 (through September 17).

The 2017 OVERRIDE is the second annual venture of EXPO CHICAGO The International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, and Chicago’s City Digital Network (CDN).

The site-specific series will feature digital art from 12 artists who will be showing their work at EXPO CHICAGO coming to Navy Pier Thursday, September 14–Sunday, September 17.

The works will be displayed on billboards citywide.

The OVERRIDE billboard project promises to push the boundaries of how visual culture is disseminated in our increasingly image-based environment.

Each of the artists selected has been challenged to find a dynamic way to engage with the digital network—from existing projects to new works created specifically for this expansive context.

One such site-specific piece from Glasgow-based artist David Shrigley’s (Anton Kern Gallery) will feature NEWS bulletins will be displayed exclusively on the billboard located at 515 W. Congress Pkwy. The bulletins will run continuously on a single screen, boldly declares headlines of either absurd fake news or mundane everyday occurrences.

Director of Programming at EXPO CHICAGO Stephanie Cristello explains that “The 2017 OVERRIDE program provides a unique opportunity for the selected artists work to intercept our everyday landscape, at various points in time and place. Amid the familiar stream of billboard advertising, the strength of the 2017 edition is emphasized through the context of this expansive public exhibition, straddling ideas of past and present, fiction and non-fiction, here and elsewhere.”

The series runs August 28 through September 17. Click here for artists, billboard locations and more information.

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